The Beamsville Bench Winery Association will develop and launch a low-impact trail for residents and visitors to access seven (7) working vineyards in the heart of Niagara’s Greenbelt and reinforce the importance of viticulture and the value of the Greenbelt.Read more
The grant will support the annual Celebrity Luncheon as part of the kick-off to the 2013 Niagara Wine Festival. This event is a celebration of locally grown Greenbelt food, and 100% Ontario wine.
The project involves a cost-share program to support Greenbelt farmers in adopting energy efficiency Best Management Practices. The program is an evolution of the Environmental Farm Plan, utilizing a cost-benefit analysis that rewards projects that achieve the greatest energy efficiency targets for the best price. Approximately 30 farm businesses will benefit directly from the program. Farmers will be recognized for their achievements and participation in this new program through an award ceremony.
Funding is provided to the Greenbelt Fund to establish a regional food hub pilot for the Greater Toronto Area in order to meet consumer demand for local food. The hub will open the door for small and mid-scale farmers, and those with differentiated products, to gain access to the marketplace where the majority of food spending occurs. This project confirms partnerships and develops an implementation plan to carry out the pilot.
This project will increase the production of ethno-cultural vegetables on Greenbelt farms and connect growers to markets. Vineland will provide training and support for rural and peri-urban farmers in the Greenbelt to increase the production of Oriental and Indian eggplant, okra, Thai chili peppers and others.Read more
This grant will help the Vineland Research Institute and project partners lay the foundation for the World Crop Learning Gardens for the 2012 season. The gardens will continue to provide reach into diverse ethno-cultural communities in the Greater Toronto Area, and will connect them both to the Greenbelt and to the growing availability of Greenbelt-grown world crops.
This grant will support the annual Celebrity Luncheon as part of the kick-off to the 2012 Niagara Wine Festival. This event is a celebration of locally grown Greenbelt food, and 100% Ontario wine.
Farmers' markets are well-known as community local food hubs; but with an abundance of fresh, homemade and sustainable products on display, they are also a great place to learn about nutrition. This project investigates the link between market attendance, knowledge of local foods, and healthy eating. The results will help markets promote healthy options and benefits of eating local to families across the Greenbelt.
The Network will also continue to offer professional development to market managers, and support best practices and knowledge sharing, all in an effort to help markets and their farm vendors economically thrive.
The Greater Golden Horseshoe's food and farming industry contributes $35 billion to the provincial economy through jobs and economic activity. This project supports the implementation of key activities outlined in a newly developed Action Plan to recognize and grow this important economic driver.
The GTA-AAC, along with their partners, the regions of Hamilton and Niagara, are receiving funds to get started on implementation of the Action Plan. The grant also supports a working group of regional and municipal economic development staff to attract new business that will lead to better integration of Greenbelt goods into the distribution chain, new processing infrastructure, and new markets.
Farmers’ Markets build healthy communities, support healthy eating habits, and encourage local agriculture. The Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network continues to build and strengthen farmers’ markets by providing support to more than 80 farmers’ markets in and around the Greenbelt. Now in its third year of operation, the Network advocates on behalf of all its markets, offers professional development to market managers, and supports best practices.
This grant helps the Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network increase farming viability for farm vendors who sell at farmers’ markets in and around the Greenbelt. Through their New Product Program, the Network will provide small grants to farmers to help them purchase equipment to support environmentally friendly ways to extend the growing season, develop new products for sale, and strengthen the overall economic success of farmers’ markets.